For over a century and a half, GF Machining Solutions has been an innovator and a source of strength to customers.

Our history of technology leadership includes expansion into technologies that have spurred our customers’ growth, and—with an eye to the future—we continue to innovate in order to advance the success of our customers in particular and the machine tool industry as a whole.



GF Machining Solutions announces its strategic cooperation with 3D Systems, a leader in additive manufacturing, for jointly developed, integrated manufacturing solutions based on 3D printing. The first jointly developed machine, the DMP Factory 500, is presented at IMTS in Chicago in the same year.


In line with its strategy to digitize its offering, GF Machining Solutions acquires the Germany-based company Symmedia, a specialist in software for machine connectivity solutions.


GF Machining Solutions acquires Microlution, a specialist in micro-machining based on Milling and Laser technologies. The acquisition is in line with the strategy of GF Machining Solutions to enlarge its technology portfolio to cover the needs of its key target sectors such as aerospace and medical.


Liechti Engineering, a worldwide market leader in precision airfoils for the aircraft engine and energy production sectors, becomes part of GF Machining Solutions.

As of 1 January 2014, GF AgieCharmilles becomes GF Machining Solutions. The name change is an opportunity for the Division to communicate that it is far more than simply a supplier of machine tools. Along with the name change, a new design style on the GF Machining Solutions website and sales literature will be gradually implemented.



GF AgieCharmilles integrates Laser texturing into its technology portfolio. This technology allows machining of surfaces by means of various applications:

  • Laser engraving
  • Microstructures
  • Marking
  • Laser labeling


Launch of GF AgieCharmilles, a group of Georg Fischer Corporation, Schaffhausen (Switzerland).


Acquisition of Step-Tec, the leading manufacturer for high-performance Milling Spindles.


Agie Charmilles acquires the System 3R Group, he world's leading supplier of Tooling and Automation systems for machine tools.



Agie Charmilles acquires Mikron machining business and becomes number two in high-speed machining (HSM) worldwide.


Agie Charmilles Group enters the field of high-performance Milling.

Launch of Actspark as a new EDM brand for the entry market segment.


Georg Fischer acquires a majority share in Agie Holding Ltd. The two market leaders Charmilles and Agie merge to become the Agie Charmilles Group, the world leader in EDM.



Atelier des Charmilles starts with the research and development of EDM for industrial applications.


Piccard & Pictet SA, later to become Ateliers des Charmilles, manufacture cars.


Founding of Staib & Cie, Switzerland. The birthplace of Charmilles.